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We offer horseback riding lessons for any age and experience level!

We offer both private and group lessons, geared specifically towards meeting your individual goals! Private lessons provide one hour of individualized attention and focus solely on one rider and horse. Group and semi-private lessons connect riders working towards achieving similar goals and accommodate friends and family that want to ride together.

Whether you prefer to ride in a private or group setting, safety is of extreme importance to us here at the Colorado Equestrian Academy. Therefore, we require that our riders wear an ASTM/SEI certified horseback riding helmet and an appropriate riding pant and shoe. When scheduling your lesson, please be sure to discuss appropriate attire with Kristen.

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Private Lessons

Private lessons provide one-on-one time between instructor and student. This is an excellent option for the beginner rider as it ensures individualized attention to aid in establishing a solid foundation in horsemanship. It can also be ideal for advanced riders with very specific agendas, looking to refine their skills.

Girl riding horseKristen Martell and private lessonHorse riding in circle
Girls riding horsesKristen Martell with group lessonGroup of girls riding horses

Group Lessons

Group lessons allow riders to learn from one another as they have the opportunity to watch other riders and learn from the praise and correction they receive. It is also a fun social option, allowing riders to take lessons with friends or perhaps make new friends!

Girls riding horsesKristen Martell with group lessonGroup of girls riding horses

Wondering Which
is Right for You?

Let's talk and find the perfect fit for you!
Contact Kristen Martell at 925.788.2834 or
testimonial from Elizabeth Aquino Curry
Great, safe, educational, fun environment for learners of all ages! Coach/Instructor Kristen is patient, encouraging, knowledgeable and supportive of her students!
Elizabeth Aquino-Curry, mother of 13 year old CEA rider

Community Activities

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The Colorado Equestrian Academy is a community of supportive individuals who share a love of horses!

Once you become apart of the Colorado Equestrian Academy, you join a community of equestrians that participate in a variety of additional fun events and programs! To name a few, we test our skills by competing at local shows, we have fun around the barn with trail rides and parties, and take on new educational challenges with weekend clinics! Come join our barn family!

Community trail riding

Trail Rides

We have 326 acres to roam at our leisure providing opportunity for relaxing and fun trail rides with fellow equestrians! We also look forward to opportunities to haul our horses off property to ride in the mountains which are just a short drive away!

Horse shows

Horse Shows

We enjoy attending local open horse shows, competing in a variety of disciplines. It is fun and challenging to put our hard earned skills and practice to the test away from home!

Community Fit-to-Ride activity


Horseback riding is a very physically demanding activity. Therefore, we hold classes specifically designated to better strengthening our riders and help them become more fit for horseback riding specifically. We call it “fit-to-ride”!

Drill team

Drill Team

As an added fun activity, we have mounted drill team practices. It’s an excellent way for our riders to participate in a team activity on horseback while garnering new skills in the saddle!

Community barn parties

Barn Parties

Horses enjoy the holidays too! We love celebrating with our four legged friends with costume contests, potluck, and games on horseback! Always a great and memorable time!

Community special education event

Special Events

Our mission is to create true horseman, educated on more than just riding. Therefore, we provide additional educational opportunities for our students to learn about many horse related topics such as horse ownership and basic care requirements.